Thursday, 13 August 2009

Inspired By Bee's Teas

Our summer holiday to the Dingle peninsula was long awaited and much enjoyed this year.
As usual we camped away out on the western tip of the peninsula, surrounded by beautiful hills, endless beaches and rolling surf. This area is a great source of inspiration to me but when it rains, it really rains and on those days we found ourselves in Dingle town looking for somewhere comfortable to dry off, have a nice cup of tea and while away a half hour or so reading.
This year we were delighted to find ourselves in Bee's Teas, a beautiful little upstairs tea room situated behind Dick Mack's pub.

The minute we walked in the door we knew we had come to the right place.

Not only did we enjoy a lovely pot of tea and fabulous scone but the whole experience was enhanced by Bee's attention to detail and exceptionally friendly service.
David loved his builders tea in an enormous enamel mug and I liked how a handmade tea cosy was promptly popped onto my sturdy tea pot.
It's great to see a theme taken and done so well.

The scones were delicious with lashings of cream served in the cutest little tea cup.
I must add that there are a multitude of different and exotic teas on the menu with the herbal infusions arriving in beautiful glass tea pots on glass stands with a tea light beneath to keep them warm.

I've been pondering the recent popularity of all things tea related and the thought of making textile tea pot and tea cup pictures has been on my mind for some time.
Bee's Teas has really inspired me.

I like Bee's colour scheme of blues and pinks with plenty of florals and ginghams set off by fresh white and rustic wood.

She has even provided a cosy corner to drink your tea in during the colder months.

So here are my first Bee's Teas inspired pieces.

The pot and cup and saucer are cut from fabrics which I have layered with ribbon and net. I have used a polka dot net for the background and cut a few flowers from more layered fabric. The flowers are attached with large gold brads which coordinate with the gold shimmering dots in the background.

As soon as I get some more polka dot background fabric I'll be making some more in different colour ways with different motifs.


  1. A place I'd love to visit - even though I don't drink tea.
    I love your cup amd saucer - I recently found a piece of gold polka dot net, only about 10x10cm.
    I've no idea where it came from and put it back in the box with no ideas to use it!
    If it were bigger I'd send it to you but I don't think it would go far as it is.
    Maybe I'll try something similar to you - if you have no objections! Connie.

  2. Beautiful work, Aileen!

    I wish there were such wonderful tearooms near here... maybe there are? I should go hunt! Thanks for sharing x

  3. Oh those scones looked very tasty, i'm sure you enjoyed them, also love the art workm of your teapot, very nice with lovely colours.

  4. Thanks Aileen for the fab review!! I love all the pictures. I really like the work you've done. Your pieces would look great on Bee's Teas walls. Its so nice to see that Bee's Teas has truly inspired someone. Looking forward to seeing more teatastic work!!

  5. You are so sweet Aileen! Thanks so much for mentioning me!!! Great Review. I LOVE teahouses but obviously you knew that already!
    Big Hugs, Laurraine

  6. hello Aileen,
    Thanks for the lovely post. There are two things I love(besides family and friends) and they are tea and the Dingle peninsula. My husband & I have been there many times over 15 years. We are leaving for Ireland on Sept. 24th for a wee break from our jobs as general managers of a small hotel in the Pocono Mts. of NE Penna.USA
    Joanne Wolfe

  7. Hope you have a wonderful time Joanne! Which part are you going to? Nice to meet someone else that loves the Dingle peninsula. I get so 'home sick' for the place when I look at out holiday photos.


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